He will be fine, but it was scary. And I'm already afraid of large, open bodies of water. Oh, I can swim. I just don't like to. I scares me.
But the more I thought about it, the more I thought about how much my kids LOVE the water. Being in it. Swimming. Putting their heads under. And I KNOW it is good exercise. So, instead of continuing to dwell in the "what ifs" of what happened on Sunday, I started looking for some positive stories about swimming--specifically the benefits of swimming for someone with Spina Bifida.
Like this: spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.liKWL7PLLrF/b.2644739/k.A07C/Richards_Story.htm
And this: blog.al.com/living-news/2008/08/clay_teenager_josh_berenotto_w.html
Like this: post-gazette.com/pg/07002/750609-114.stm
And this: childrensmemorial.org/depts/motionanalysis/conditions/feature.aspx?sID=300&pID=302
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There are TONS more. Stories of children and adults swimming for exercise. Swimming for fun. Swimming to win. Stories of triumph. Stories of sacrifice. And I remembered that there is danger everywhere--yes, especially in the swimming pool. But there is also great benefit to learning to swim.
And I can't wait to get Esther-Faith into lessons later this month.